A root canal can save an infected tooth and avoid an extraction.

The interior of your tooth is made up of a substance called pulp. The pulp contains the blood vessels and nerves that keep your tooth alive and healthy. However, that pulp can become infected if bacteria penetrates your tooth as the result of trauma or disease. When that happens, our dentist, Dr. Michael Mullen may recommend root canal therapy in El Paso, Texas.

Root canals have gotten a rough reputation over the years. People think that they are painful and take a long time to complete. However, with modern dentistry a root canal is painless and can be done in a relatively short amount of time. In fact, because the structure of your tooth can be maintained even without the pulp, root canals can save teeth that in the past would have required extraction.

Our dentist will access the interior of the tooth and remove the diseased and damaged pulp. Then he will disinfect the area and insert a material that replaces the pulp. The dentist will seal the tooth and schedule you for an appointment check you progress and discuss the possibility of placing a crown on the tooth.

If infected tooth pulp is not treated, an abscess or other problems could result. If you are experiencing discomfort with one of your teeth, call 915-593-1900 today to schedule your appointment.